In 1989, a pair of bakers founded the Three Dog Bakery with nothing but a $.59 biscuit cutter and three canine taste-testers. For decades, these humans have committed themselves to creating savory treats for pets with all-natural ingredients and a slow-baked process that locks in flavors and nutrients that dogs crave. Good Morning America profiled the shop in 2011 in a piece about gourmet pet treats, highlighting their personalized cakes made without butter, salt, or artificial colorings of any kind to fit in a healthy pet's diet. The selection includes playful baked goods ranging from snickerpoodle cookies to frosted pupcakes, as well as items they could chew on for days, such as plush toys, elk antlers, and new essays by Malcolm Gladwell. Customers can find healthy eats and helpful accessories at Three Dog's two locations in Pasadena and inside Los Angeles' World Famous Farmer's Market.
During his time as a zookeeper, My Pet Garden owner Joel Tatom learned firsthand that the best way to improve an animal’s life is through nutrition. Because of this, his dog grooming and daycare center offers premium foods in grain-free, organic, or raw varieties. That’s one of the reasons why the center was named the Best Place to Treat Your Pet Like a Prince by LA Weekly in 2011. The other reason is the center’s gentle cleaning sessions, during which staffers de-mat fur with a soft touch and clean teeth without making fun of the dog’s braces. Additionally, the groomers of My Pet Garden run a program in which they work with shelters to groom dogs who lack homes in the hopes that the pooches will find new owners.
Kimberly Garsed founded Urban Dog Playcare to provide dog owners with a place to put their pets when they were otherwise engaged with work or play, thus making it possible for more people to welcome dogs into their families. Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience training dogs, and her core staff draws on more than 10 years of experience when attending to the health and happiness of their clients’ canines. During playcare, four-legged friends roam around a 5,000-square-foot facility with five distinct play areas, two of which have a rubber surface to cushion dogs’ feet and better facilitate their self-directed gymnastics competitions. Owners can keep tabs on their pooches through the facility's webcam, unless the staff and their charges have embarked on one of the frequent custom field trips to exotic, pet-friendly locales such as the Santa Monica Mountains.
Boarders visiting the hospitable facility eat nutritious meals and tire themselves out during vigorous walks before being escorted to slumberland by a skilled dog wrangler who continues to watch pets into the wee hours. Dogs sleep atop beds or blankets in kennel runs or crates with housemates. Because the dog wrangler stays with the doggies all night, the animals are never alone.
Chateau Marmutt grants dogs and their owners respite from their daily duties with a canine haven designed to give dogs an outlet for socialization and relaxation. During Monday–Saturday dog daycare, pintsize pooches attend to daily schedules and conference calls in a cozy office setting, and big dogs frolic in a colorful playland of slides and kiddie pools. Canine-education classes instill obedient behavior and break bad habits in five weekly installments, and a fully stocked puppy boutique rewards tail waggers for good conduct. Canine chompers gleam after thorough teeth brushing, and aromatherapy grooming combs furry friends with scents such as citrus, oatmeal, and brand-new tennis ball.